I have been testing with an API kit. I just wanted to verify my assumptions. I have 2 tanks. One is fish less and one is a fish in cycle.
Today the fish less cycle (20 gallon cycling for about 1 1/2 weeks with seeded media) tested at:
I am planning on holding off any water changes unless the Nitrates go above 20 or the Ammonia falls too low.
My fish in cycle (6 neon tetras, 29 gallons cycling for about 3 1/2 weeks) tested at:
Ammonia: between 0 and .25 so we are just calling it .125
Due for a water change today and I will add 2 more neons to finish the school.
I also tested our tap water:
(this is from the faucet I am assuming the outside water isn't any difference but let me know if it may test differently)
So this is what I am getting from that.
1. Our tap has ammonia but if our tanks can handle it it isn't a problem.
2. Nitrates in our tap. YAY!
3. No Nitrites YAY!
I assume that any nitrates in our tap is a good thing and won't hurt the tank. The ammonia shouldn't hurt but I will need to take the Nitrates into account when reading my tanks. But if I have 5ppm Nitrates in my tap and my tank reads 10ppm is that still high enough for the tank?
Any help appreciated. In the future I will cycle one tank at a time